In order to make the best possible painting Garé would constantly experiment with its elements. For instance, she might have second thoughts about the (background) colours, she might reposition a tree or a rock, or she would add a deer to an already finished painting. The examples chosen to illustrate this approach is extremely interesting, because in this instance Garé's files contain a small suite of the same painting in very different stages of completion giving you an idea of just how much work went into a finished painting!




This was Garé's second attempt making a marine painting containing one or more ships (the first one can be seen HERE). The main motif was a far cry from her usual land-based nature paintings, and she only published three in total.
For this painting she started out with a background (sky, boats, sea) that in essence remaining unchanged during the alteration process. A large two-masted schooner is dominating the scene. Apparently, Garé liked the painting so much that she readied it for sale by signing it. But she had second thoughts and the painting does not exist anymore.



The yellow schooner was simply painted over and substituted for a larger, three-masted schooner with dark sails. Not only is it seen sailing in the other direction than the main schooner in 72-2(S), but it is also placed at the center of the board. The boats in the background remained, but a one-masted schooner with yellow sails was added. The sky and the sea were repainted.



Garé's third attempt shows the same main ingredients as were present in the former one except that almost all of the colours have changed. This is especially visible in the lighter coloured sails. Also notice that the main schooner was moved slightly to the right, and that the small yellow sailed schooner has disappeared. Again, Garé must have felt confident and pleased enough with the painting, because she signed it for sale.


Sapphire Seas
Measurements: 24"x36" - 610x910mm


Measurements: 36"x48" - 910x1220mm

Garé ended up with two almost identical versions of the motif (the colours are in fact the same but the sources are different, which is why the colour renderings are different). Notice two major alterations compared to the last oil sketch; the foreground schooner has moved further to the right, and this in turn has made room for a reappearing of the one-masted yellow sailed schooner in the background.